Senior Awards Officer - Food
Location: Bristol
Salary: £28,322
Expires: 05/12/2021 23:59

About our organisation

The Soil Association, formed in 1946, is the only UK charity that works across the spectrum of human health, the environment and animal welfare. That's because we cannot tackle these issues in isolation.

We campaign for change, support farming innovation, serve healthy food in communities, support and grow the organic market, and protect forests. We couldn't do any of this without our supporters, partners, donors and dedicated staff. We make a difference in the world where it's needed the most.

About the opportunity

Our Food for Life (FFL) Awards programmes cover a range of settings and sectors. FFL Served Here and Green Kitchen Standard schemes focus on the catering industry and ensuring food that is both well-sourced, healthy, and nutritious. Caterers are making positive steps to manage energy, water and waste sustainably. We are proud that 2 million healthy and sustainable meals are served every day in schools, universities, hospitals and tourist attractions.

This role will be an expert in assessing against the Food Quality standards, which are shared across all our programmes, and the lead on the Green Kitchen Standards.

This role will manage a team of two, ensuring that clear, defined processes are in place and adhered to when managing applicants through the enrolment, awarding, and renewal process. The focus will be on excellent customer service. You will be part of the Bristol-based FFL Central Operations team and work closely with colleagues across the UK.

About You

You are self-motivated, set your own deadlines and targets but are flexible and adaptable enough to fit in last-minute tasks and priorities in and around the bigger picture.

You are a problem-solver. Solutions focused. And thrive in an ever-changing landscape. You have a passion for processes and a desire to lead a small team to deliver a high-class programme.

You will have worked in, or with, caterers or other food service providers in some capacity, so you understand some of the pressures on this sector and the challenges they face.

You will be a good communicator and able to convey information in a clear, concise and engaging way to internal and external audiences.

You will be a highly competent IT user. Particularly around databases/recording information, and you're able to manipulate data to find your answer. You're happy to find your way around a new system and unfazed by an imperfect IT solution.

Commitment to Safeguarding

The Soil Association and FFL are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people, and vulnerable adults that we work with. In accordance with this commitment, we ensure that we follow a thorough and safe recruitment and selection process for all roles that work with children. This includes checking against the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) where appropriate. Please note that if you are successful in your application to the role any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory DBS check.


Full-time (37.5 hours per week) Permanent contract

Important dates

Interviews are expected to take place on 13th December 2021.

To Apply

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Please note we do not accept CVs or Cover Letters.

We know the value of diversity in nature and want it in our organisation. We recognise that diverse backgrounds and experiences will bring a fresh perspective to our work. If you're not sure about applying, please get in touch with us for a chat.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our work at the Soil Association.

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